March 27, 1920 -- Dec. 31, 2018
Margaret Koziol, 98, of Genoa, died Dec. 31, 2018, at the Genoa Community Hospital - LTC.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, with the Rev. Bill L'Heureux celebrating Mass. Interment will be in the Valley View Cemetery in Genoa. Visitation will be from 4–7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, at the church, with a 7 p.m. vigil service. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church.
Margaret was born on March 27, 1920, to Ladislaus and Ethel (Kahl) Wozniak near Genoa. She spent most of her childhood growing up on surrounding farms in the Nance and Boone County regions. She graduated from Fullerton High School in 1939. Margaret received normal training in Kearney, and taught in several rural schools in the Nance County area for six years. Margaret worked at Union Pacific in Omaha, and she worked at Scotts Awning and Tents during WWII, sewing tents for the war cause.
Margaret was married to Al Koziol on Oct. 28, 1942. After Al returned home from WWII, Al and Margaret farmed in the Genoa area. They raised eight daughters, and in 1965, Margaret began employment at Dales Electronic where she worked for 20 years. Living through many eras, Margaret saw many changes in her life. From living with no electricity and watching her parents go from horse and buggy to driving cars, to being amazed by television and the telephone. She played the violin with her father at family gatherings and various other occasions.
Margaret loved her daughters, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She loved to write letters to all family and friends. She loved to crochet and embroider, and made many a quilt and doily for family members and friends. She enjoyed playing cards. She and Al loved to dance and enjoyed many a waltz and polka. Margaret brought a smile to most anyone she would meet. She had a joke to suit most any situation or person she met. She loved making people laugh. She loved music and taught her daughters the love of it as well, spending many evenings singing together as a family.
She loved her church and prayed daily. In her later years she was a volunteer to call for the prayer chain. As she called each of her prayer partners she would visit with them and formed many friendships while she prayed with them.
Margaret is survived by eight daughters: Rita (Bill) Swantek of Genoa, Margie (Duane) Pecka of Crete, Emmy (Ken) Bayer of Columbus, Connie Pavel of Lincoln, Betsy (Aaron) Brase of David City, Ginny (Don) Johnson of Genoa, Sharon Teten of Lincoln, and Annette Koziol of Arlington; brother, George Wozniak of Evans, Colorado; sisters, Helen Clark of Dewey, Arizona, and Frances Wozny of St. Edward; sisters-in-law, Joyce Koziol of Charolottesville, Virginia, and Jeanette Wozniak of Fullerton; 24 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, and five step great-grandchildren.
Margaret was preceded in death by husband Al Koziol; parents, Laddie and Ethel Wozniak; brothers, Lawrence Wozniak and Raymond Wozniak; sisters, Dorothy Johnson and Charlotte Brandenburger; and infant granddaughter Mandy Pavel.
Condolences may be sent to www.Ramaekersfh.com.